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Amanda Spielman speaks at Apprenticeship Conference.

This is a very important conference, at a critical time for the development of apprenticeship provision. It is gratifying to see apprenticeships on the news agenda regularly: whether as mentions in Prime Minister’s speeches or the subject of thoughtful newspaper columns from journalists you wouldn’t normally expect to care.  Apprenticeships are, quite rightly, recognised as a vital component of our education and skills sector.  Less gratifying, perhaps, is that too much of this recognition is about the system, not yet, working as it should.

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Was Ministerial Code broken?

Two senior Tories stand accused of breaching the Ministerial Code as they handled the fallout from the appointment of Toby Young.    


Former Universities Minister Jo Johnson and his successor Sam Gyimah came under fire after the controversial journalist was offered a role on the newly-created Office for Students (OfS) board last year. 

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Teaching union calls for 5% pay rise.

Britain’s largest teaching union is calling for a 5% pay increase for school staff – buoyed by the announcement of a 6.5% settlement for nurses and NHS staff – backed by a campaign to include possible strike action.

The annual conference of the National Union of Teachers, shortly to merge and become the National Education Union, will consider a motion for a pay claim of 5% alongside other school unions, and ask that the increase be funded by the government rather than from existing school budgets.

Kevin Courtney, the union’s general secretary, applauded the government’s ending of some austerity-era pay policies. But he warned that teaching in England was moving from crisis to catastrophe, as school staff looked at their long hours and compared working conditions with those of other professions with more generous pay.

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65% of Headteachers make staff cuts.

More than a third of headteachers have had to cut back on teachers due to a squeeze on funding, a survey from a school leaders’ union suggests. 

Almost two in three (65 per cent) school leaders strongly feel that cuts have negatively affected school performance, a report from the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) found.

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Open University to make major cuts.

Open University chiefs are planning significant reductions in the number of courses the institution offers and the number of lecturers it employs, the Guardian has learned.

Last June the OU, established in 1969 and the largest university in the UK, announced it needed to cut £100m from its £420m -a-year annual budget, but specific detail of where the cuts would fall was not made public.

The Guardian has seen confidential documents that spell out proposals for the cuts. Staff have been invited to apply for voluntary redundancy in a programme that launches on 9 April.

Lecturers have said the proposals are so significant they will “destroy the OU as we know it” and reduce it to “a digital content provider”. They have expressed concern about how the changes might affect the quality of degrees offered by the OU.

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